Update, June 18: As CD Projekt Red gears up for another summertime Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay reveal, coming next week, the game developer took to Twitter to confirm at least one more delay for its futuristic, open-world shooter: to November 19, 2020.
“We are fully aware that making such a decision costs us your trust, and trading trust for additional time is one of the hardest decisions a developer can make,” studio leads Marcin Iwinski and Adam Badowski wrote on Twitter. The letter goes on to claim that the game is “finished both content and gameplay-wise” and that the rest of the development process will revolve around squashing bugs and balancing mechanics.
The letter doesn’t confirm whether this delay has anything to do with supporting next-gen game consoles like PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, nor whether this specific November date is aligned with either console’s launch. Neither Sony nor Microsoft have announced launch dates for their respective new consoles as of press time.
The studio has also tipped its hat about a wave of hands-on preview articles from members of the press, and these will apparently be timed to the studio’s “Night City Wire” live-streamed event coming on Thursday, June 25.
Original report, January 16:
CD Projekt Red announced via tweet this afternoon that the heavily anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 would be released on September 17, 2020. That’s a five-month delay from the April 16 release date that was announced last June.
“We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable, but there’s still work to be done,” the company wrote. “Night City is massive—full of stories, content, and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing, and polishing.”
“We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect,” the message continues.
Delays for high-profile games like this are far from rare, even this close to the expected release date—the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V saw at least four “official” delays, for instance, including one just 14 days from the planned launch. But Cyberpunk‘s new release date will come more than two years after a playable slice of the game was first shown to select industry members at E3 2018 (and later to the public).
Cyberpunk‘s delay comes a few months after the delay for Doom Eternal. Publisher Bethesda Softworks announced in October that the game was being delayed from a holiday 2019 release to an expected March 20, 2020 launch.
While game release delays like these can sometime spark outsized levels of online anger, it’s always good to remember the words attributed to legendary Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto: “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”
Sam Machkovech contributed to this report.
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